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May 01, 2008



Great post. Thank you. My wife has studied Trinity UCC, and I've met Rev. Wright on more than one occasion. He's a good man. His is a good church.

When a white man passionately defends himself, it is a "passionate defense" or "strong words." When a black man does it, it becomes a "rant" or "bombastic."

With all respect to Obama and young liberals, this ain't a "post racial" world. Race prejudice and racism are alive and well.

Dan Hays

Another great post, John. Thanks for the catechetical reminder about Big Rule #8.
Chris, you're fortunate to have had that experience at Trinity UCC. And fortunate to have encountered Pastor Wright. I'm learning that he's not some small voice that just got his moment of fame, but a renowned spiritual leader for a lot of African Americans.
I have been revisiting a wonderful book that opens the doorway to understanding what Wright is getting at when he references the "black church."
"Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans," by James M. Washington, includes prayers by notable and anonymous African Americans, including Phyllis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, and an altar prayer by a certain UCC pastor by the name of Jeremiah Wright. I plan to share key passages with my all-white congregation in hopes that perhaps it will help us climb back on board the bus of civility, rather than focusing on who will get thrown under the bus next.

John Petty

If nothing else, maybe this campaign will give us all a few lessons in racial prejudice and misogyny.

Peter Gillespie

As a white person and descendant of pioneer Americans (my Presbyterian relatives arrived from Scotland in 1704), I am heartened by the resonance of the debate sparked by Rev. Wright.

I left the United States in 1995 partly out of family obligations (my spouse is French) and partly because I had no future in New Orleans.

Where I had lived 25 years in New Orleans and was a frequent "communicant" at Pastor Paul Morton's Greater St. Stephen's Baptist Church, no single person could have challenged the status quo as Jeremiah Wright has.

I can say with conviction that the black church is different but that "different" does not mean "deficient". Your defense of Jeremiah Wright's ministry is welcome indeed.

The Obama candidacy and the Obama-Wright debate are truly what we need to awaken from the deep moral sleep brought upon ourselves through the gift of youth and world power without the humility or maturity to properly manage it. (We are not the first to experience such a reality check and as a nation we should be grateful for those whose friendship and loyalty we can count on.)

For an interesting take on these issues and a book "preview", you might refer your readers to the Boston Globe article by Charles Derber and Yale Magrass (authors of Morality Wars: How Empires, the Born Again, and the Politically Correct Do Evil in the Name of Good) which appeared in yesterday's Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com) entitled, "The 'Wright problem' belongs to America".

John Petty

Peter, thanks for the visit and the link. I read the article this afternoon. It was quite good.

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